MLB London Series: The one where Rachael meets Jackie Bradley Jr.

Mon 24 Dec 2018

Interest in the London Series between the New York Yankees and the Boston Red Sox next June continues to grow, even after virtually all tickets for the games have been sold.

In November, the flames were fanned by the presence in London of former New York Yankees megastar Alex Rodriguez, universally known as A-Rod, who had an interesting recorded conversation with British Softball Federation President Jenny Fromer.

This month, the other side showed their hand when current Boston Red Sox centre fielder Jackie Bradley Jr, generally known as JBJ, a Gold Glove winner and MVP of the 2018 American League Championship Series, came to town on 14 December and met up with GB Women’s Fastpitch Team Head Coach Rachael Watkeys in the historic setting of Lords Cricket Ground.

On one of the days that Jackie will take the field in the London Stadium to face the Yankees – Sunday 30 June -- Rachael will be almost 1000 miles away, leading the GB Women in their first game at the European Women’s Championship in Ostrava, the first step towards the team’s goal of qualification for the 2020 Olympic Games in Tokyo.


The discussion that Rachael had with Jackie took in his view of the significance of the London Series for spreading the game across the world, and the kind of games the fans here can expect between two of MLB’s oldest rivals.

Jackie also had an interesting take on how the game can reach people in a country where many people don’t know much about it, and why he thought coming to London would bring out the good side of the players taking part.

Finally, when asked which teams he thought should come to London for the second round of the Series in 2020, he had an answer that most baseball fans will want to hear!

Rachael's interview with Jackie is featured in the latest episode of Touching Base, the BaseballSoftballUK podcast, which you can listen to below. You can subscribe to the BSUK Podcast via iTunes or SoundCloud.

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